Meet Our Staff

Meet Our Staff

Meet the Staff of FUMC Lenoir

Senior Pastor

Dave Melton

Dave became Senior Minister of FUMC in 2018. He has recently served Providence UMC and numerous large churches in western North Carolina. Dave is an elder in full connection in the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church. Dave is a graduate of Davidson College; received a Masters of Divinity degree from Duke Divinity School; and received the degree of Doctor of Divinity from High Point University. Dave’s passion for global missions is evidenced by his work in establishing ongoing foreign missions in Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Bulgaria and Kenya. Dave has served as President of the Steering Committee of the Reynolds LEAD Academy, a professional leadership program involving the enhancement of senior pastors in the Western North Carolina Conference in the areas of leadership, evangelism and discipleship. In 2015, Dave led LEAD Academy pastors as they attended a worldwide church conference in London, England, before exploring our Methodist roots in that country on a Wesley tour.


Aaron Wright

Aaron joined the staff of FUMC in 2019. He lives in Morganton with his wife, Sarah, and their son, Lawson. He is currently attending college and plans to graduate with a degree in Bible. He has over eight years of experience working with youth and young people, and Aaron has traveled the world speaking and preaching to different people in all walks of life.

Director of Children’s Ministries and Robbins Preschool

Melanie Anderson

Melanie has 25 years of experience in children’s ministries. She and her husband Buddy joined FUMC in 1991 with their two children. Melanie’s is the director of Robbin’s Preschool and also leads children’s Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, and Wing Dings.

Director of Music Ministries

Jamie Jones

Jamie joined the staff in 2015 after having spent many years teaching music in public schools and directing music at several churches. She is married, has 3 grown children, and 2 grandchildren. Her responsibilities include worship planning, directing the adult Chancel Choir and Hand Bell Choir, teaching music to the Robbins Preschoolers, and overseeing the children’s music program called C.A.S.T – Creating and Singing Together.

Worship Leader

Lynne Carter

Lynne brings her talents to the First Light Service each week. She leads a group of committed volunteers to prepare for and lead our early worship service. She has been blessed with an amazing voice and organizational skills that help her deliver powerful praise sets each week.

Facilities Manager

Daniel (Danny) Clark

Danny is in charge of all the facilities at FUMC. He sets up for our various groups and classes that use the church. He is also in charge of the church grounds as well as maintaining our equipment.

Church Hostess

Kay Lanier

Kay joined the FUMC staff in 1995. She has two children and four grandchildren. Kay’s responsibilities include hosting various meals throughout the year, such as Faith Lift, Young At Heart, receptions, etc.


Ivey Deitz

Joining the staff of FUMC in 2019, Ivey and her husband, Doug, have two grown sons. She has worked in various churches and ministries for the past 33 years and now manages our church office and assists the staff in all administrative tasks.


Lisa Bennick

Lisa joined our staff in the fall of 2018. She has lived in Lenoir since 2007 with her husband, Jimmy. After working in banking and bookkeeping for many years, Lisa is currently overseeing all aspects of the church’s finances.